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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at the RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at the RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

Members: 13112
Latest Activity: 25 minutes ago

Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out and They will have lots of information for you. also has items at times.

The RTC will stream PIR live at and beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person.


Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC.)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.


When will "The Box" come?

It will usually arrive by FedEx within a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks at times.


I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works.


When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival. (You can find a copy of the current form letter in the Page, The Form Letter. The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at This form letter is full of info and you will need it to get the vehicle/gate pass if you are driving onto the RTC for PIR, so keep it in a safe place. It includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The Form Letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight if something happens without a charge, so you do not have to book refundable tickets. Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing this very special event and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet from 5 pm to 10 pm at the Sundance Event Center (go to to RSVP) and maybe part of another Meet and Greet (Ramada Inn has one and sometimes Flanagan's). If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday and if your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.


Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information and has a meet and greet at the Sundance Event Center in Waukegan the night before PIR (go to to RSVP). His cell number is 847-212-0246. His M&G and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.


Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. New groups are posted on here or you can go to and join the group for that once it has been created.


How do I know who my recruit plans to put on the Access List?

The Form Letter will also include the names of up to 3 or 4 people, depending on the size of the TG, that your recruit plans to put on the Access List about 10 days before PIR (some Sailors have indicated that they submitted the names during the week of PIR). If the names on the form letter are not the same as those who will be attending, write to your recruit and give him/her the names that should be listed as they should be written. Recruits sometimes write “Mom, Dad, Bro, Sis” or other similar names to save time and give them more time to write a short note to you (one recruit wrote a single letter on each line); don’t worry your recruit will write the given names on the Access List when the time comes. If you are concerned that your recruit may not know someone’s given name or the correct spelling of someone’s name, write to your recruit and give him/her the names as they should be included on the Access List. Nicknames that a reasonable person would associate with the name on the ID are fine, but it is best if the names on the Access List match the ID’s of those who are attending. will tell you how many guests your recruit is permitted. Children ages 2 and under do not have to be listed, but all others must be on the Access List in order to attend PIR. The then Sailor is able to change the names s/he has submitted for the Access List up to 24 hours before PIR if needed, but it is best if s/he submits the correct names the first time. Let your Sailor know when you receive the "I'm a Sailor!" call if a change needs to be made.


How do I get the vehicle/gate pass?

About 11 days before PIR the link to download the vehicle/gate pass will be posted at You will need to enter the password from the form letter using all capital letters and then print the vehicle pass and handwrite in the information to fill in the blanks. You can print off more than one vehicle pass if your Sailor's guests will be arriving in more than one vehicle or just to be certain that you know where one is.


What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend and


Donna is not on the site much now and lemonelephant will be helping out along with many others who have begun this journey before you. (Donna, we are forever thankful that you started this group that continues to help so many.)


Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Comment by LovemySailorAlyssa 25 minutes ago

I have a question i read that the SR need a phone call to call home after the 3 weeks that they are allowed to call home is this true if so can i mail her one or does she only need a phone card when in A-school

Comment by Drums 34 minutes ago
I hope you hear her voice soon!
Comment by LovemySailorAlyssa 47 minutes ago

I can't wait to hear my daughters voice I have been waiting every weekend hoping she would call. I miss her like crazy and have been super emotional. 

I can't believe tomorrow will be 3 weeks since she left so actually its going pretty fast. 

Comment by Drums 52 minutes ago
Yes I will be waiting for the letter as well.
Comment by Drums 54 minutes ago
My son left on the 24th not the 26th! Oh boy I am confused.
Comment by Drums 56 minutes ago
I'm sorry my son left on the 24th...
Comment by Drums 57 minutes ago
I cried a tiny bit but then I felt better that I got it. I have not gone thru his backpack yet!
Comment by Ckers94 1 hour ago

My son left on the 24th. We got ours today as well.  I thought I would be emotional but I wasn't. I realized it means I'm one step closer to seeing him. Next step; form letter. :)

Comment by lemonelephant 23 hours ago

Here are the current PIR groups:

PIR: 06/03/2016 TG 30 - 9 Divisions (203-210 and 930) 4 guests

PIR: 06/10/2016 TG 31 - 11 Divisions (211-220 and 931) 4 guests

PIR: 06/17/2016 TG 32 - 7 Divisions (221-226 and 932) 4 guests

PIR: 06/24/2016 TG 33 - 7 Divisions (227-232 and 933) 4 guests

PIR: 06/30/2016 TG 34 - 11 Divisions (233-242 and 934) 4 guests (Note: PIR is on Thursday.)

PIR: 07/08/2016 TG 35 - 8 Divisions (243-248, 815 and 935) 4 guests

PIR: 07/15/2016 TG 36 (to be updated; begins with Division 249 and contains Divisions 816 and 936)

Click on the date and join to connect with others with loved ones training with your recruit.

Comment by lemonelephant yesterday

Tricia, calls are often on the weekend (some divisions on Saturday and some on Sunday), but they may come any day. There are two phone banks and that allows one or two divisions to be making calls at a time. The RDC may schedule a long or a short call depending on what is available and what fits with the division's schedule. With RDC's scheduling calls for the 75 or so divisions currently at the RTC, it is not possible for all of the divisions to call on the weekend, but some will make calls then because there are no big training events on weekends other than Captain's Cup on Saturday. Hopefully, your recruit will not call while you are unavailable. If she calls and does not get you, then hopefully she will leave you a message and call someone else. Don't stress about it.


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